Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

LA has a native plant shortage and a wealth of projects that require exactly this type of plants. What to do? A creative solution being proposed now is a network of nurseries that will not only provide native plants, but green jobs for the city. 

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Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Yosuke Kitazawa
Published: 23 July 2015, KCET

Image: Grown in L.A./Mia Lehrer + Associates
One key feature in every Los Angeles River-adjacent project is the use of native plants. It's a good feature, but hardly anyone ever stops to wonder, "Where does Los Angeles get all those plants?" It turns out, sometimes those native plants are shipped from San Diego, or even as far as Oregon. It's native, in a sense, but not really.

"We need to be creating a viable, native source, locally collected native plant material intead of farming it out to these other areas," says Kat Superfisky, a project designer for Mia Lehrer + Associates.

Los Angeles has ambitious plans to restore an eleven-mile stretch of its previously neglected waterway, plus many more water conserving projects are coming online in a city gripped with drought. A key feature in all of these are native plants, which are quickly dwindling in supply, an issue we've covered previously.

Now, a widespread collaborative of federal and state agencies, non-profits, and private firms have come together to solve the Los Angeles Rivers' native plant supply problem, in an initiative called Grown in L.A. [read more]

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